Stride Into the School Year, Presented by Implus

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Stride Into the School Year, Presented by Implus


Stride into the School Year, Presented by Implus
September 10-October 14
When kids hit the books, #motherrunners hit the pavement.

Stride into the School Year, Presented by Implus, is five weeks of unique, fun workouts that blend running and strength training. (Read: You rarely repeat a workout.) The plan has you sweating five days a week, with an option for a sixth day of a yoga session if your schedule allows.

This five-week Challenge is all about forward motion, fitness, accountability and community, not about training for a specific race. The workouts are one-size-fits-all, whether you’re a walker, run/walker, or runner, and whether you’re just starting to run, coming back to it after a decade off, or just need a little push to get you jump started again.

The shortest workout is 20 minutes, the longest is 40-90 minutes (one longer run on the weekend), with most sessions clocking in around 30 minutes.

You will receive a PDF of the training plan, and every morning (bright and early!) the daily workout will be posted on the private Facebook page. Below are two sample weeks; the footnotes make a little hard to decode, but it’s a good example of the time commitments. (And since when does a running program include a science lab and library visit? Promise: It’s gonna be fun!)

Stride into School Year

There are no waves for Stride into the School Year: the program begins on September 10 and ends on October 14.

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Product Description

Stride into the School Year, Presented by Implus, Includes:

  • A mother-runner-friendly training plan. Stride into the School Year, a five-week program, is designed for any mother who needs forward motion in her life. (Read: all of us!) With a variety of workouts that can be done by runners, walkers, or run/walkers, the Stride plans are all about making exercise a habit—or simply taking a break from more regimented training. The workouts, which incorporate strength training regularly, range in time from 20-45 minutes on weekdays to 45-90 minutes for a longer session on the weekend. With simple runs to stair circuits to running-specific skills like negative splits, both your body and mind will be engaged throughout the plan.

  • Miles of resources. The Train Like a Mother Club provides plenty of accessible resources that will benefit your running and lifestyle. Your registration gets you access to the private site, where you’ll find helpful articles; video demonstrations of strength training moves and running drills that are totally doable (read: less than five minutes! truly!) and will keep you running strong and injury-free; and loads of other resources.

  • Accountability—and camaraderie—galore. In addition to Train Like a Mother Club, you’ll also be invited to join a private Stride into the School Year on Strava, where you can track your miles, and a private Stride into the School Year Facebook page, where you’ll quickly find an army of (funny, empathetic, inspiring) #motherruner teammates. You’ll share training tips, stories of good runs and bad, cheer each other on, and push each other out the door. Momentum comes from teamwork, and these Challenges roll on some serious #motherrunner momentum.

    We’ll post the workout each morning on Facebook, so you’ll have a daily reminder of what workout needs to go on your to-do list.

  • Best.Swag.Bag.Ever. As part of your registration, you will receive a package stocked training essentials, including a tube of Nuun, packets of GU, a pair of Balega socks (an Implus brand), and samples of SweatX sports detergent and Chosen Foods Avocado Oil.. (Shipping of $6.50 on U.S. orders and $15 for international orders will be added to your registration at checkout to cover the cost of getting these goodies to your mailbox.)


  • How do I know if this is the right training plan for me?

    If you want motivation and accountability for five weeks, this is the right plan for you. You can be a beginning runner, a long-time runner, or somebody who is coming back after a long break. The workouts can be adapted for walkers, run/walkers, or runners. The value is in the movement, not the speed.

    We’re aiming for five workouts a week for five weeks–or somewhere close to that. On days when, despite your best intentions, you simply cannot slide in a workout, don’t beat yourself up. You will live to sweat another day. That said, sometimes you just can’t swing the workout as written. In that case, a 20-minute walk or run is a beautiful thing. Seriously.

  • Does the registration fee include a race?
    No, and here’s why: Stride into the School Year is just about getting it done—and minimizing pressure. No final race; just forward movement.

  • Do I need any equipment for this plan?
    All of the runs can be done outside, and all the strength training is simply body weight. There is one circuit that requires a flight of stairs, but can be modified if that isn’t available.

    That said, we have optional super short routines that involve a BOSU and resistance loops. While they are not mandatory, they are crazy helpful in building glute strength (BOSU) and hip stability (resistance loops)—two areas that are usually lacking in #motherrunners and are the root of many running injuries. If you don’t have access to or funds for a BOSU, don’t sweat it; resistance loops are adequate and are much more affordable. (You can also look for a used BOSU on craigslist, a used sporting good store or at garage sales.)

  • Can you please explain the shipping charges?
    Within a few weeks of registration, every participant in a Train Like a Mother program receives a stocked swag package with some of our favorite training essentials. Domestic #motherrunners are charged $6.50 for shipping; international #motherrunners are charged $15 for shipping.

  • What if I realize this isn’t the right training plan for me? 
    We definitely want this to work into your life and your running lifestyle. You can email us within 1 week of starting the program and we will set you up with another plan or a credit for an upcoming challenge. We will not be able to issue a straight-up refund.

  • What if I get injured or really sick?
    With a smart training plan, doable strength training, and advice on foam rolling and other self-care, we’re going to do our best to keep you injury-free. That said, if you have an injury or illness that totally slays your training, let us know. We’ll work with you to get you a credit for an upcoming program.